From the Coconino County Sheriff's Department
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Department would like to take this
opportunity to explain our policy regarding the licensing and use of All Terrain
Vehicles (ATV’s). It is important for operators of these vehicles to be
knowledgeable of all statutes pertaining to the lawful operation of ATV’s. All
roads within Coconino County, unless privately owned, fall under regulation as
prescribed by Arizona Revised Statutes to operate ATV’s. On all roads,
the operator must comply with applicable laws and regulations including:
- Any motorcycle or ATV being operated on a “street” or “highway” is
required to be registered, insured and the drivers are required to possess
the appropriate license endorsements. A vehicle registered as “Off-Road”
is not entitled to be driven on a public highway.
- All persons under the age of 18 are required to have helmet and eye
protection. (This is required ‘Anywhere” within the State of Arizona,
including private property).
- All persons are required to have eye protection.
- Parents should be aware that under ARS 28-3474, permitting on unauthorized
minor to drive, they may be held accountable for actions of their minor
children who operate these vehicles.
The Arizona Office of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division has the
following equipment requirements for these vehicles to be registered for
operation on a public highway:
- Rearview Mirror
- Brake system approved by MVD
- Tail Lamp
- Stop Light
- License Plate Light
- Fuel Tank Cap
- Seat and footrest for operator, if the vehicle is being operated with a
passenger, a seat, footrest, and handrail for the passenger.
- The handlebars cannot be positioned so that the hands of the operator are
above the operator’s shoulder’s when the operator is sitting astride the
seat and the operator’s hands are on the handlebar grips.